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ISO Engagement Standards - Part III: Implications for the Marketplace

Published: Feb 6, 2017

So what will happen should ISO go beyond the issuance of its Quality Management Principles and eventually approves formal standards for engagement? The opportunity could be significant, says Lee S. Webster, Secretary for ISO TAG 260, which has oversight over the engagement standards.... [ read more ]

Stakeholder Capitalism: A Primer

Published: Mar 7, 2021

The concept of Stakeholder Capitalism has existed for decades but there remains confusion about the definition that is either a natural phenomenon with the emergence of any new concept or in some cases an effort to poke holes in the concept by deliberately mis-defining it. ... [ read more ]

"It's Always About the Boss"

Engagement doesn’t just happen, and in most organizations frontline management has a lot to do with the success - or failure - of an organization's engagement efforts. Recent research from the Gallup organization on employee disengagement ... [ read more ]

10 Trends in Motivational Merchandise

Published: Jan 14, 2015

A new study by the Incentive Research Foundation, 10 Trends for Merchandise and Gift Card Programs in 2015, notes that retaining top performers and preparing them to take over the reigns during the next decade is a top priority for most organizations. A crucial part of that process will involve Merchandise and Gift Card... [ read more ]

An M&A Expert's View of the Engagement Marketplace - Part 2: Valuation Issues

Published: May 24, 2017

In Part 1, of this series of articles, Michael Mazer of Mazer Telecom Advisors LLC discussed merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the overall engagement space. In Part 2, he talks more specifically about the landscape for buyers and sellers. Mazer has 25 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions and is now heading up an M&A business affiliated with The Engagement Agency LLC. ... [ read more ]

Anatomy of a Successful Incentive Travel Program

This recently conducted analysis by The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF)of one company's long-standing use of travel awards as a motivational tool shows that such incentives have a clear, measurable and positive impact on corporate culture and employee performance, as well as a broader "ripple effect" on the economy of the region where an incentive travel program (ITP) is held.

Overall, the study concluded that the importance of these programs should not be undervalued; their impact and their value reach well beyond the typical event timeline. Earners of the incentive travel program are far from the only beneficiaries of the program. The sponsoring company, the destination and the suppliers all receive significant benefits as well.

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Baruch College Professor Sees Big Promise for Analytics in Enterprise Engagement

Published: Jun 21, 2016

Few people in academia better understand the convergence of analytics and Enterprise Engagement than Charles Scherbaum, Associate Professor of Psychology at Baruch College and a member of the doctoral faculty at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Scherbaum, an early contributor to the Enterprise Engagement Alliance curriculum on analytics... [ read more ]

Benchmark Your Organization's Enterprise Engagement Practices

Published: Jun 14, 2016

Organizations seeking to benchmark their enterprise engagement strategies can take advantage of a convenient, free tool created by the Enterprise Engagement Alliance. The Enterprise Engagement Benchmark Indicator (EEBI) allows companies to answer questions about their employee, customer and vendor engagement practices to ... [ read more ]

Deloitte: Talent Drought Threatens Supply Chains

Published: May 29, 2015

Deloitte’s newly released 2015 Supply Chain Survey has found that only 45% of supply chain and 40% of procurement executives at U.S.-based global companies are “extremely” or “very” confident that their supply chain organizations have the competencies they need today. ... [ read more ]

Diversity and Engagement

Published: May 31, 2017

The larger or more geographically spread out the organization, the greater the issues related to diversity. Beyond the regulatory and ethical obligations to recruit employees and market to customers... [ read more ]

Driving Engagement by Focusing on Strengths

A common error that frontline managers sometimes make is to focus their performance improvement efforts on employees’ weaknesses, rather than focus on their strengths. But Gallup research shows that the worst thing managers can do is to ignore their employees altogether. According to Gallup researchers Brian Brim and Jim Asplund, “If your manager focuses on your strengths, your chances of being actively disengaged at work are only 1 in 100. If your manager ignores you, however, you are twice as likely to be actively disengaged than if your manager focuses on your weaknesses. Being overlooked, it seems, is more harmful to employees’ engagement than having to discuss their weaknesses with their manager.” This paper offers a summary of their research.... [ read more ]

Experience Rise Above 2020 w/ Samuel Isaac, Neeyamo

Published: Oct 13, 2020

The pandemic has forced global enterprises to change in ways that they were not ready for and identify new ways of working. For many organizations both large and small, wading through the pandemic is a matter of survival, but for others, the changes have been a silver-lining amidst the crisis. How have these forward-looking organizations tackled this chaotic year? How are they planning to set the global HR agenda for 2021 and beyond?... [ read more ]

Female Bosses Are More Engaging Than Male Bosses

Published: Jun 1, 2015

Gallup Business Journal recently reported that employees who work for a female manager in the U.S. are actually more engaged, on average, than those who work for a male manager. However, only one in three (33%) working Americans say they currently have a female boss. Female managers themselves tend to be more engaged than male managers. Gallup finds that ... [ read more ]

How to Make The Business Case for Investing in Employee Engagement

Published: Sep 16, 2016

Over the past decade or so, more and more organizations are talking about the importance of creating a culture of high engagement with their employees so they will create exceptional customer experiences. However, although employee engagement shows up as a top challenge for ... [ read more ]

Incentive Travel and Engagement

Published: Jun 24, 2015

A new study by the Incentive Research Foundation, Rebounding the Recession: The Future of Incentive Travel 2014, finds that incentive travel rewards are perfectly matched to the emerging needs of today’s multi-generational workforce and ... [ read more ]

Is your reward program really engaging people?

Published: Jul 16, 2015

Tom McMullen, writing recently on the Hay Group blog, notes that a recent study of World@Work members found only 11% of organizations conduct a formal ROI assessment of their reward programs. However, 48% of respondents said they planned to more rigorously assess... [ read more ]

ISO 10018 Certification Update: Would Your Company Quality for ISO 10018?

Published: Mar 19, 2019

In Part 1 of this series on ISO 10018, ESM interviewed Dr. Ron McKinley and Lee S. Webster of the International Center for Enterprise Engagement at TheICEE.org on their progress with ISO 10018 Quality People Management. In Part 2, we offer a checklist that enables you to quickly determine how close your company may be to achieving certification. ... [ read more ]



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